Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School / Edition 1

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Overview

"The scholarship is provocative, the text well written, and the argument clear and compelling. Pollock is a truly gifted writer."—Michelle Fine, City University of New York

"Professor Pollock attacks a vitally important topic with vitality and an engaging and very readable style. Displaying a keen ear, she has artfully picked up the nuances of 'race talk' from students she has taught and observed. Pollock presents a troubling, but significant finding: Talking in racial terms can make race matter; but so too, can not speaking in racial terms."—Hugh Mehan, University of California San Diego

"This welcome book invites us to become more critically conscious of 'race talk' and thus more aware of how even our silences can reproduce racial hierarchies."—Charles Payne, Duke University

"Pollock's profound insights about the dilemmas of race talk and silence will change the way Americans think about language, social categories, and the responsibilities we must face if we are ever to make headway against racial inequality."—Katherine S. Newman, Princeton University

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
The dilemma at the heart of this book is the same dilemma at the heart of US society: practically no available form of public discourse about racial topics or issues actually engages with what race i. . . . This book's ethnographic setting, detailed observations, and transcripts provide a close-up look at a vexing everyday issue, demonstrating an important performative dimension in the generation of racialization.
"Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute nie Urciuoli

The dilemma at the heart of this book is the same dilemma at the heart of US society: practically no available form of public discourse about racial topics or issues actually engages with what race i. . . . This book's ethnographic setting, detailed observations, and transcripts provide a close-up look at a vexing everyday issue, demonstrating an important performative dimension in the generation of racialization.
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Winner of the 2005 Critics' Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association

Winner of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association

"Pollock attacks the topic with strength, providing a clear, compelling, and well-written argument. She helps readers cultivate greater understanding of the pitfalls and possibilities of daily race talk. A necessary and important work in fostering ongoing conversations about dismantling racial inequality in the United States."—Library Journal

"The dilemma at the heart of this book is the same dilemma at the heart of US society: practically no available form of public discourse about racial topics or issues actually engages with what race i. . . . This book's ethnographic setting, detailed observations, and transcripts provide a close-up look at a vexing everyday issue, demonstrating an important performative dimension in the generation of racialization."—Bonnie Urciuoli,Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Library Journal
As an anthropologist and a teacher, Pollock (Harvard Graduate Sch. of Education) has studied adult and young people's everyday struggles over fundamental questions of inequality and difference. This book, the product of three years of ethnographic research in California, explores one of the most confounding questions of U.S. racial practice: when to speak about people in racial terms. It discusses the role race plays in everyday and policy talk about such familiar topics as discipline, achievement, curriculum reform, and educational inequality. Pollock explores the boundaries and dilemmas of racial dialog in the classroom and argues that both clumsy race talk and an insistence on avoiding race labels in schools have actually fueled racial disparities in educational opportunity and attainment. Pollock attacks the topic with strength, providing a clear, compelling, and well-written argument. She helps readers cultivate greater understanding of the pitfalls and possibilities of daily race talk. A necessary and important work in fostering ongoing conversations about dismantling racial inequality in the United States; recommended for academic libraries. Samuel T. Huang, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tucson Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691123950
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 958,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Mica Pollock is Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously also worked in the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
One
WeDon't Belong to Simple Race Groups, but We Do 18
Two
Race Doesn't Matter, but It Does 44
Three
TheDe-Raced Words We Use When Discussing Plans for Racial Equality Can Actually Keep Us from Discussing Ways to Make Opportunities Racially Equal 74
Four
The More Complex Inequality Seems to Get, the More Simplistic Inequality Analysis Seems to Become 109
Five
TheQuestions We Ask Most about RaceAretheVery Questions We Most Suppress 147
Six
Although Talking in Racial Terms Can Make Race Matter, Not Talking in Racial Terms Can Make Race Matter Too 172
Moving Forward 210
Practically Speaking: Words for Educators in Particular 220
Note 227
Bibliography 251

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